Child Maintenance in Divorce

Discussion in 'Children and Divorce' started by Mark Keenan, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. Mark Keenan

    Mark Keenan Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 22, 2010
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    Child maintenance is something that all parents have to consider when they have children and separate.

    If your children are under the age of 16 or 20 if they’re in school or college then you have to continue to support the needs of your children via. child maintenance.

    Many factors affect how much child maintenance you need to pay.

    These include:
    • Your income
    • How many children you have
    • How much time you spend with your children
    • Whether you are paying child maintenance for any other children.

    How much you are required to pay depending on your income (per-week)
    • Unknown= default rate= £38 for one child £51 for two children, £61 for three or more children
    • Below £7= Nil= you don’t pay any child maintenance
    • Between 100.01 and £199.99= Reduced= unique amount
    • Between £200 and £3000= Basic= unique amount

    If you are earning between 100.01 & £3000 then its best to use the child maintenance calculator provided by

    The number of children you have

    Based on the basic rate, if you’re paying for:
    • One child, you’ll pay 12% of your gross weekly income
    • Two children, you’ll pay 16% of your gross weekly income
    • Three or more children, you’ll pay 19% of your gross weekly income
    The amount of time you spend with your child

    Many couples will choose to share custody of their children, which will change the amount of maintenance you are required to pay.

    This is worked out in sections. If you child is with the paying parent between (per year):
    • 52 and 103 nights: child maintenance is reduced by 1/7th per child
    • 104 and 155 nights: child maintenance is reduced by 2/7th per child
    • 156 and 174 nights: child maintenance is reduced by 3/7th per child
    • 175 nights or more nights: child maintenance is reduced by 50%, plus an extra £7 a week reduction per child.
    Once you’ve agreed upon an amount.

    Getting the amount right can be quite difficult which is why it's so important to get your agreement in writing or use the child maintenance service provided by Gov to ensure that neither party can change or withhold payments.

    It's vital that when a couple divorce, they finalise any finances and assets, which can be written into a clean break or consent order. Just like property, money and assets, child maintenance can be included in a consent order so it's essential that you do.

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    For more information on coming to an agreement checkout- making a child maintenance agreement
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